Is there a Linux file manager or a file manager add-on in gtk with the column view (or something like it) that Apple's Finder has?

Here is a screenshot with a short explanation:

Xcode Index Templates Folder Structure

With the left/right arrow keys, you can navigate to subdirectories or parent directories, and with the up/down keys highlight files.

  • Okay, do I see that correctly for each 'right-arrow' you get a new column? Or are there always 4 of them? Feb 9, 2014 at 10:29
  • @AngeloNeuschitzer It expands automagically
    – MadTux
    Feb 9, 2014 at 16:17
  • do you have a specific reason you want it to be in GTK? Feb 9, 2014 at 19:10
  • 1
    I just use a gnome-based desktop, and qt and especially tk just don't fit in very well.
    – MadTux
    Feb 9, 2014 at 19:12

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Marlin is an alternative -- it is very fast and looks beautiful:

Marlin UI

Downside: It is not completely stable, and it has crashed on me now and then.


Pantheon File manager have column view.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pantheon-files

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